The purpose of the Master of Sciences Program is to train students for research activities as well as for the teaching career. It is an exclusively academic program and free of any charge. It is also possible for students to obtain scholarships through funding agencies that support graduate students (CAPES, CNPq, and FAPESP).
The course is biannual and the disciplines are offered exclusively during the day (from 8am until noon; or from 2pm until 6pm); there are no classes on Saturdays. Each discipline lasts 15 weeks and the weekly encounters last 4 hours. All students must be fully dedicated to the course; at least three times a week it is desirable that the student attends classes, the rest of the time should be dedicated for extra class and research activities. Each discipline consists of 8 credits, except for the discipline “Mentoring I”, which consists of only 4 credits. It is possible to use the credits obtained from other stricto sensu programs acknowledged by CAPES.
In order to obtain all necessary credits, it is necessary to attend eight disciplines, from which two are mandatory and more related to methodological procedures: Research Methodology in Administration and Mentoring I. Mentoring is part of faculty formation, since it involves the students in lecturing activities as part of the Graduate Program in Administration.
The Master Program demands the development of a dissertation, whose project is submitted to a qualifying examination. After entering the Master program, the student has 17 months to carry out such examination.
The dissertation consists of a supervised research in which the student has to demonstrate a systematization ability to deal with the existing literature about the chosen theme and a an ability to successfully use methods and techniques of scientific investigation. The deadline for the accomplishment of the entire Master Program (considering the dissertation defense) is 30 months.